A smartphone or tablet loaded with the right apps can help a person get more done, stay healthy, relax and save money. Here's a fresh list of apps more than a dozen high achievers are using every day.

Bill.com (free for iOS and Android)

"We're obsessed with automation at Haven and the Bill.com app has been a complete game changer. I used to approve every payment for our three locations around the world via the Bill.com website, which was difficult due to my hefty travel schedule. Once the app was released, all of our approval chains were automated ensuring all of our partners are paid on time."

--Matthew Tillman, founder and CEO of Haven, a logistics technology company enabling the global commodity trade

Accompany (free for iOS)

"I used to write briefing notes for executive meetings. Now with Accompany, I automatically get a bio on each person every morning, pulled from my calendar, often with extra info and articles outside of their LinkedIn profile. The convenience is amazing as an executive, but it's also the relationship focus and further insights that are valuable for conversations."

--Ryan Smith, founder and CEO of FTSY ("footsy"), an artificial intelligence platform for matching people to shoes that fit

Oprah and Deepak's 21-Day Meditation Experience (free for iOS and Android)

"In the desire to be mindful and use the power of my subconscious, I had to declutter my life so I could see the way forward. [This app] helps with being mindful and practicing the art of meditation... Instead of searching news articles and scrolling through news feeds, I find the best way to stay truly on my game is to be mindful and present. This app has allowed me to listen to his meditations in the middle of chaos and still feel truly peaceful."

--Janice Taylor, founder and CEO of Mazu, a social media village built on core values, safety, and curated content for families

Boomerang for Gmail (free and paid versions for iOS, Android and desktop)

"The Boomerang chrome extension is my inbox's life saver. It allows me to maintain "inbox zero" and sanity. When you "boomerang" an email, you can chose when it comes back to your inbox. So I boomerang emails that don't require my immediate attention or emails that I have responded to and require the other person to respond back. It's a great day-to-day tool and also should be part of any salesperson's arsenal of tools."

--Derrick Fung, CEO of Drop, a millennial-focused reward program that lets users accrue points while shopping their favorite brands

Feedly (free for iOS, Android and web)

"Part of my job is having deep insight into the real-time trends affecting the tech, business, and retail spaces. With a seemingly endless barrage of breaking news, I rely on Feedly to curate my feed. Whether it's during an early morning workout, lunch break, or commute, I use the app throughout the day to stay updated on the latest stories."

--Michael Parrish DuDell, millennial expert and chief strategy officer of CouponFollow

Oura Ring (free for iOS and Android)

"I spend a great deal of my time in front of a computer or some device. I travel frequently so apps like Kayak and Open Table play a big role in my life. Apps play a big part in staying healthy, too, including maintaining and even improving cognitive function. To this end, I use BrainHQ and Peak. I also use Nutrino to monitor my nutrition. The most important app I use every day is the app supporting the Oura Ring which I use to monitor my activity levels and sleep quality."

--Avram Miller, former corporate VP of Business Development at Intel, the cofounder of Intel Capital, and current board vice chairman of Sommetrics, a company developing products and services aimed at enhancing health and well-being by improving sleep quality

Podcast Addict (free for Android)

"Podcasts are one of my favorite ways to stay connected both professionally and personally to issues and topics I care about. This is hands-down the best Android podcast app I've found."

--Div Bhansali, VP of marketing at AccountantsWorld, a provider of cloud solutions for accountants

Linkedin (free and paid versions for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, desktop, and web)

"I use LinkedIn every day. It provides me with the perfect balance of relevant content, insight into who are the thoughtful people in and around my industry and a means to connect.  The most important decisions I make are related to people and assembling the right team and as far as I'm concerned there is no better resource for that than LinkedIn."

--Marc Borzykowski, CEO of Vector Media, an innovative Out-of-Home media company specializing in large-format transit advertising, traditional Out-of-Home (OOH) media and the creation of interactive brand experiences

TunnelBear (free for iOS and Android)

"The TunnelBear interface and service are great for traveling. The connection speed is better than most VPNs I've tried and there always seems to be a connection point near my location. At around $60 per year, it isn't cheap but they have a free version for low traffic users."

--Matthew Tillman, founder and CEO of Haven, a logistics technology company enabling the global commodity trade

Google Keep (free for iOS and Android)

"It's just a great notepad that I can open anywhere. No matter how crazy work or home gets, it's nice to just have a simple notepad that has all of my professional and personal to-dos in one place. I've used every possible task app and service, but I've found the best solutions in life are simple."

--Clarence Friedman, founder and CEO of Adeo Health Science, maker of Inspired Start, a baby food designed to introduce eight of the most common allergens (peanut, egg, tree nut, soy, wheat, sesame, shrimp and cod)

Shazam (free and paid versions for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, desktop, and Web)

"Whether at a friends place or out at night, you always hear music you like and want to know what it is. Like the song? Shazam it. Want to play a song you liked on Shazam? Link your Spotify or Soundcloud account. I was in Mykonos for a week this past summer and came home with tons of music I heard, simply be Shazam'ing the songs I loved hearing."

--Chris Molnar, principal and creative of Goodlife Clothing, a men's premium essentials and lifestyle brand providing luxury goods

Google Drive (free and paid versions for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, desktop, and web)

"Google's Drive app is absolutely essential for any entrepreneur--it's awesome. I can access every aspect of my business from it, collaborate on docs/spreadsheets, and send out contracts. It's the perfect app if you don't want to be tied to the office ever!"

--George Vrabeck, president of ActionArmor, a natural product developed to support the protection of the brain by preparing young brains in advance of any form of head trauma with a special emphasis on concussion

Uber (free and paid versions for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, desktop, and Web)

"Uber is my go-to app when traveling on business, vacationing with the family or when my wife and I want to go out on a date night. Uber has really closed the gap and made it convenient for me and my family when we need car service immediately.  This technology makes going from point A to point B simple and easy with no hassle of waiving a taxi."

--Vito Pagano, CEO of GettinLocal, a mobile platform designed to support businesses in local communities and to empower businesses of all sizes to affordably compete in a highly visible and dynamic mobile market

Pocket (free for iOS, Android and web)

"Pocket is indispensable for stashing away the articles, both business and personal, that I want to read but don't have time for at the moment. Also, I love that it easily syncs across all of my devices."

--Ray Wu, CEO and founder of Wynd, a personal space air purifier

DisneyNOW (free for iOS, Android, Apple TV)

"DisneyNOW is indispensable because it keeps my kids entertained and happy, and happy kids make for a happy (and more productive) dad. They watch their favorite shows on any device -- most often our iPad and Apple TV. It's delightful because of the animations, transitions, and extra touches Disney put into it--little details that make it stand out from other entertainment apps."

--Eric N. Shapiro, founder and CEO of ArcTouch, an app design and development studio 

LinkedIn (free and paid versions for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, desktop, and web)

"I won't win originality points for this one, but LinkedIn is easily the most powerful business app on my phone--its InMail specifically. When asked about her success in setting up Nasty Gal, I once heard Sophia Amoruso say that she's a beast on LinkedIn. If she needed to know something, she'd seek out the relevant person on LinkedIn and just ask. This is my approach exactly. If I've got a pitch or a request in mind, my first tactic is to use LinkedIn to find the right person and drop him or her an InMail. I'd say 80 percent of the time, I get a helpful reply within a day of sending the message."

--P.J. Worsfold, head of product for FTSY ("footsy"), an artificial intelligence platform for matching people to shoes that fit

TripIt (free for iOS and Android)

"I spend about 40 percent of my year traveling and there is still no better app than TripIt. It automatically captures travel itineraries sent to my email and notifies me of changes to my flight schedule. Features like seat finder and alternate flights are great for last minute meetings. After many years, there is still no better app on the market for frequent travelers.

--Matthew Tillman, founder and CEO of Haven, a logistics technology company enabling the global commodity trade

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Published on: Dec 7, 2017